Action: Advocate for a bipartisan bill proposing paper ballots.

Write: The two chairs of the Senate Rules and Administration committee.

Chair: Sen. Richard Shelby

Ranking member: Sen. Amy Klobuchar

  1. Click the link for each Senator
  2. Fill out the necessary fields
    1. Topic is “other” or “not listed”
    2. Subject is: Support the bipartisan SAVE Act
  3. Copy and paste the message:

Dear Senator, I support the bipartisan SAVE Act introduced by Martin Heinrich and Susan Collins. With 21 state elections databases targeted last year, I trust the R&A committee will address the safety of our national voting systems by considering safer, hack-resistant paper ballots. Please do all you can to help S. 2035 proceed. Thank you.


NOTE: The links in the above message will not post into the email, but are included for background information for our readers.

Legislator Calls: November 6, 2017

Calls Week of November 6

Before you make those calls: Read our Blog post on being an efficient caller.

Representative Schneider and Senators Duckworth and Durbin this week:

  • Tell Representative Schneider*:

    • Advocate for the economic rights of our poorest neighbors
      • Advocate for poor Americans who make less than $18,600 per year and for middle class families who stand to lose tax benefits
      • Thank Representative Schneider for speaking out on this issue in his statement.
  • Tell your Representative and Senators*:

  • Tell your Senators*:

    • Support a clean DREAM act
      • Thank Senator Durbin for Co-sponsoring the bill.
      • Urge Senator Duckworth to become a co-sponsor.
    • Oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment to the US District Court
      • Hundreds of civil rights groups oppose him because of his demonstrated opposition to voting rights, workers’ rights, and civil rights. This appointment is dangerous for democracy.
      • Urge Senators Duckworth and Durbin to vote “No” on this nomination
*Q: Why do I tell my Representative and Senators different lists of issues? Why don’t I read them all the same script?
A: Because certain responsibilities originate in the House of Representative (tax bills start there) and other responsibilities originate in the Senate (confirmations of appointees).
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Calling your Representatives, A “Pick Up the Phone” How To:

One of the quickest and easiest ways to let your representatives in Washington DC know what you think on a particular issue is to pick up the phone and tell them.

Red Telephone

Seriously? I can just tell them how I want them to vote on stuff?

That’s right. Our representatives and senators (at least in the IL-10th district) want to hear what you have to say. They actually pay people to sit in a chair, pick up the phone, and tally up how many constituents are for or against a particular measure.

But there’s a dirty little secret they don’t want you to know.

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IL-10 lands “On the Radar” of the GOP, NRCC

Democrat Brad Schneider is the Congressional Representative in Illinois 10th District, and that doesn’t sit well with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

The IL-10 Congressional seat has flipped four times in the last four election cycles. 2010 and 2014 went to Bob Dold (R), while Brad Schneider (D) took the seat in 2012 and 2016. With 2018 just around the corner, the GOP wants IL-10 back. Continue reading “IL-10 lands “On the Radar” of the GOP, NRCC”

Book Drive for Flooded School Library at Murphy Elementary, Round Lake Park

Flooded WJ Murphy Elementary Faces a Tough Challenge: Restock the school library before the school year begins in August.

The Library at WJ Murphy Elementary In Round Lake Park, July 12, 2017. Photo Courtesy of Rep. Sam Yingling

No school library should have bare shelves.

The devastating storms of July 11-12, left the WJ Murphy Elementary’s school library as a “total loss,” Shelia Duhon, executive director of operations for Round Lake Community Unit School District 116, told the Chicago Tribune.

If you have books that are suitable for children grades K-5, please consider donating them to our neighbors in need.

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Action: Thank IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan for Protecting Students

Lisa Madigan is suing Betsy DeVos.

What you need to know:

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos has rescinded rules to protect students from predatory lending practices at for-profit colleges. Lisa Madigan and 18 other states’ Attorneys General are suing the Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education to enforce rules put in place to protect students.

  • “Her [DeVos’s] decision to cancel vital protections for students and taxpayers is a betrayal of her office’s responsibility and a violation of federal law.” – Mass AG Maura Healey
  • “The Department of Education violated federal law by abruptly rolling back its Borrower Defense to Repayment rule, which was designed to hold abusive higher education institutions accountable for cheating students and taxpayers out of billions of dollars in federal loans.” – The Hill

Action: Send a THANK YOU to Lisa Madigan for Protecting Students!

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Tell Brad Schneider: End Citizens United!

By Jarek Tuszyński / CC-BY-SA-3.0 & GDFL, CC BY-SA 3.0,

What you need to know:

A constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling and end Citizens United was introduced in the House on January 30, 2017, by Rep. Richard Nolan (D-MD). It currently has 43 co-sponsors, and our representative is not one of them.

What is Citizens United? Click here for a brief explanation.

What you can do:

Tell Rep. Schneider I support a constitutional amendment to end unlimited corporate influence in politics, and he should too.

Call Representative Brad Schneider. Ask him why he has not co-sponsored this resolution.

Lincolnshire office: 847-383-4870

Washington D.C. office: 202-225-4835

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What’s your story? Affordability of Prescription drugs

Have You Had Difficulty Paying For or Accessing Prescription Drugs?

ProPublica Wants to Hear From You.

Action: Share your story about the affordability of prescription medications.

ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Read more about their work here.

ProPublica and The New York Times are interested in hearing from patients about any difficulties they have had accessing or paying for prescription drugs, in particular if those challenges have occurred in the past year.

This link will take you to a questionnaire about your experience with prescription drug costs, with spaces in the form for you to describe your situation.

Take Action: Commit to Canvassing in the IL-10th!

Join Traci Fine and other NSI and Swing Left volunteers as they canvass our Swing District as part of Swing Left’s Summer Canvassing Challenge!

This summer, Swing Left* volunteers across the country will be canvassing their target Swing Districts to talk to voters, identify supporters, and ask them to commit to vote in 2018.

  • If you have never been canvassing before, this is an easy way to get started!
  • You don’t have to talk about a specific issue or politics.
  • These friendly conversations asking people to vote in 2018 lets them know how important voting is.
  • These kinds of “commitment” conversations are powerful, and have been shown to increase turnout up to 20%.
  • Plus Canvassing is a fun outdoor activity, a way to meet neighbors, spend time outdoors, and get some exercise at the same time!

For more information, visit the events listed on our calendar, or RSVP here.

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Tell the FCC: Protect Net Neutrality!


What you need to know:

With the proposed changes to internet regulation, cable and phone companies like Comcast would be able to:

  • Slow video streaming sites, causing your videos start and stop unexpectedly.
  • Add new fees to your Internet bill. Imagine paying extra for YouTube!
  • Censor videos or content they don’t agree with, like political blogs.
  • Throttle any new sites or apps they don’t own or invest in.
  • Make your connection painfully slow, and charge you more to make it work again.
  • Force streaming sites like Spotify into a slow lane, causing them to buffer constantly.
  • Slow online gaming. Call of Duty would lag and glitch without paying more to your ISP.
  • Charge big sites special “prioritization fees” and slow down everyone else.
  • Take you out of the driver’s seat, and control what you see and hear online.
  • Make the Internet look a lot more like cable TV.
  • And, worst of all, become the first gatekeepers of the Internet in US history.

Net neutrality says we get the *entire* web without interference – no gatekeepers, no tollbooths, no slowlanes. Continue reading “Tell the FCC: Protect Net Neutrality!”